Maureen Stickel


Leads strategy, stakeholder relations, and team development for portfolio of Africa-based projects, passionate about market-driven solutions to poverty and using data analytics to identify practical strategies in development.

Maureen is a Senior Manager at IDinsight, based in Lusaka, Zambia.

Maureen oversees strategy development, team management, and the day-to-day execution of various projects across Africa. Her current project portfolio focuses primarily on agriculture projects, including a poultry initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at improving small holder farmer outcomes. Maureen has managed projects across various countries, including Nigeria, Tanzania, Malawi, Kenya, and Zambia.

Prior to joining IDinsight, Maureen worked for the University of Wisconsin-Madison to manage various projects in Paraguay, the same country where she also served in the U.S. Peace Corps as a Community Economic Development Volunteer.

Maureen holds a bachelor's degree in International Economics from Georgetown University and a master's degree in Applied Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Maureen speaks English, Spanish, and Chinese.

List of Projects

  • GiveWell

  • Results for Development

  • The African Poultry Multiplication Initiative (APMI)

  • Lima Links

Selected Publications

  • Deller, S., and M. Stickel. 2015. "Theme Overview: Community Economics of Local Foods". Choices. Quarter 1. Available online:

  • Steven C. Deller, David Lamie & Maureen Stickel (2017): Local foods systems and community economic development, Community Development, 10 Sep 2017. DOI: 10.1080/15575330.2017.1373136. (Article)

  • Stickel, Maureen, and Deller, Steven C. (forthcoming). “Local Foods and Local Economic Performance.” Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy.